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I’m blogging over here now. It’s the end of the road for this blog.
I’ll leave the content up indefinitely, there are some pages still getting traffic.
Akismet has caught just short of 300 spam comments. Only two spam comments managed to get past it in the last 18 hours. Pretty impressive!
I thought I had screwed up the permalinks. Well, it seems that all I did is improve the default permalinks. The ugly old way still works. That’s pretty good.
Now, the real question is, do the RSS feeds still work.
Update: Akismet has caught 11,782 spam comments and trackbacks in 20 days. That’s 11,782 that I didn’t need to deal with. This is very good.
Hmmm. I’ve been using WordPress for this blog, versions 1.2.1 actually. That’s pretty old, considering both years and that a new 2.2 version of WordPress has just been released.
So I’m upgrading. Version 1.2.1 to version 1.5.something. Then to version 2.2 I guess. You can’t go from 1.2.1 to 2.2 directly, you have to go through 1.5.x (where I am now)
It turns out that I also have to upgrade PHP and MySQL.
And I lost the theme. I was getting tired of it anyway.
So why am I doing this? Well, I’ve got to do something about that spam.
UPDATE: I now have PHP and MySQL updated to pretty current versions, thanks to the help of my ISP BareMetal (with a special thanks to James). If you are looking for a good ISP check these guys out.
UPDATE2: I am now running the most recent version of WordPress. Unfortunately I’ve screwed up the permalinks. What a mess! I have a very basic theme that I like, I’ll sooner or later fix it up more to my taste. And about that spam… I had just shy of 15,000 spam comments in my comment ‘moderation’ queue. I’m hoping akismet is as good as it seems (though by messing up the permalinks I’ve temporarily foiled the spam bots :-)
UPDATE3: That’s all for now, I’ll tweak the theme forever.
It appears that somebody is sending out email using my email address as the from address.
I really don’t appreciate this. And there is no way to stop it.
So, if you get spam seemingly from someone at recursive.ca it isn’t from us.
To make matters worse, all the bounced spam is coming to my inbox.
I met Michael while working at Lava Systems. He was the marketing director (I think). I was the software director. We actually got on quite well. Had a few adventures and a few laughs, the best of which surely are not appropriate for a public recounting :-)
This is the second of two links I’m adding to my sidebar today. Both, coincidentally, are to weblogs of people I’ve worked with at Lava.
I’ve added a link to Graham Glass’ weblog in the sidebar of this blog.
Graham is the former CEO of Object Space. While at Lava I did a prototype using Voyager of a distributed document repository. Very cool. I spent a few weeks in Dallas while working on this (and some folks from Object Space spent a few weeks here). I met Graham while working on this project.
This is the first of two links I’m adding today. Both, coincidentally, are to guys I worked with when I was at Lava Systems.
Deborah Davis was riding the bus to work when, as part of its regular route, it stopped in Denver’s federal government office park. A security guard boarded and asked to see everyone’s ID. The same thing had happened the day before, and the Arvada mother of four (grandmother of five), taken by surprise, complied.
But it bothered her, so on that day, Sept. 26, she didn’t. The ID check wasn’t about security, she told The Rocky Mountain News, “It’s just a lesson in compliance — the big guys pushing the little guys around.”
When she refused to show her ID… officers with the Federal Protective Service removed her from the bus, handcuffed her, put her in the back of a patrol car and took her to a federal police station within the Federal Center, where she waited while officers conferred. She was subsequently given two tickets and released.
Because Canada doesn’t have a real political concept?
I’ve modified my installation of WordPress to:
* show the RSS2 feed for the selected category (rather than the site feed)
* show the category name in the RSS2 feed (in a way similar to how the site’s HTML title is shown (as seen in the browser window)) but with a separator that validates in RSS (that funny little chevron like thing isn’t allowed in an RSS2 title)
This represents a significant usability improvement for any of you who want to filter out the noise on my weblog. It’ll also allow me to be a little less cautious about some of the stuff I write about because you can turn it off without turning off the whole site.
I’ve changed the look of the weblog. If you see a greenish header to the site (the default WordPress page) then you are looking at the old version. You’ll need to reload the css style sheet (and that’s done by holding down the shift key and reloading the page, sometimes a couple of times).
I’ve taken the second place style by “Hadley Wickham”:http://ineffable.co.nz/ from “Alex Kings’s”:http://www.alexking.org/ “WordPress CSS Style Competition”:http://www.alexking.org/index.php?content=software/wordpress/styles.php and tweaked it a bit (lost the image of a pen, indented the text a bit, spaced the link lists, and modified the display of comments).
I think the new look is much better than the old — thank you Hadley.
Update: well, except for this strange bug. That I’ve fixed. So…